"The concern is that by the time they get around to doing more licenses, the economics of the market will be so in favor of the existing operators that it’s going to be very difficult for small business operators and social equity applicants to compete," said DeVaughn Ward, MPP's senior legislative counsel.
"We have seen an evolution throughout the region and people are getting over the stigma cannabis has around it. Often what’s slowed the process is getting elected officials to catch up with the values of their constituents," said Kevin Caldwell, MPP's Southeast legislative manager.
"Despite tremendous support, Mississippians faced an uphill battle for a medical cannabis program. With this new law, justice has finally prevailed. Patients in Mississippi who are seriously ill will no longer be subject to arrest and criminal penalties for using medical cannabis and instead will be met with compassion," said Kevin Caldwell, MPP's Southeast legislative manager.
"The fact is that the patients of Louisiana could be better served by having more growers, more pharmacies. We would like to see more of a structure with not nearly as many caps, or uncapped if possible the number of growers, just to create competition which hopefully would lower some of the prices of flower for the patients of the state," said Kevin Caldwell, MPP's Southeast legislative manager.
"Today is an historic day for the patients of Mississippi. We congratulate the legislature for upholding the will of the people, and we call on Gov. Tate Reeves to sign this legislation into law when presented to him," said Kevin Caldwell, MPP's Southeast legislative manager.
"Delaware has the opportunity to join 18 other states and DC that have legalized cannabis for adults—including their neighbor, New Jersey. It is past time for the legislature to listen to their constituents and meet the moment," said Olivia Naugle, MPP's senior policy analyst.
"This appears to be a political stunt. Opponents of medical cannabis know there is a viable campaign to put medical cannabis on the ballot, and they know Nebraskans will overwhelmingly support that effort," said Jared Moffat, MPP's state campaigns manager.